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Salem Preservation presenting carriage house tour

SALEM – Salem Preservation will offer its walking tour of historic carriage houses Oct. 10.

The walking tour is offered just once every 10 years and includes Salem’s Grand Avenue – South Lincoln Avenue. According to the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office, it is the longest, intact Grand Avenue in Ohio. There are over 70 single family homes and with little or no commercial intrusions. All of South Lincoln Avenue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Carriage houses on South Lincoln date back in to the mid 1800’s.

There are many different styles of carriage houses included on the tour. Queen Anne, frame, brick, single and two-story to name a few. There are single carriage, two carriage and even carriage houses with living quarters for the household staff. Stables for the horses are included. Where space is not limited or where great expense and display are proposed, carriage houses are sometimes separate buildings.

The oldest surviving carriage house on the Avenue was owned by President Warren G. Harding’s “boss,” Louis H. Brush, who published the Marion Star, Warren Tribune, New Castle News, Salem News, East Liverpool Review and more. President Harding spent many evenings with “special” friends at this grand home.

The first tour starts from 725 S. Lincoln at 9 a.m. They will depart frequently. The last tour departs at 3 p.m. Plenty of parking is available on the west side of Lincoln and on side streets Aetna and Franklin.

The docent-escorted tour takes approximately 90 minutes. Seating, restroom or handicapped accessibility is not available. Groups will be kept to 10 or less. Social distancing will be observed and face coverings are mandatory.

Tour cost is $10. Tickets can be purchased online at www.salempreservationsociety.org, Salem Giant Eagle customer service desk, or at the tour point of beginning,725 S. Lincoln, on the day of the event. Tour information will also be available at facebook.com/salempreservation and www.salempreservationsociety.org

Copies of the Salem Preservation book, “A Backyard History, The Carriage House Book,” will be available for purchase. Other Preservation booklets and periodicals will also be available.

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